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Crisis stirs old fears for Ukraine’s Jews

Clashes and Crimea tension worry community that struggled to rebuild

DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — In the warm glow of a spring evening, the central square in this eastern Ukrainian city bustles as shoppers crowd a pedestrian mall with shiny storefronts. Children spin on a brightly colored carousel.

But behind the glimpses of ordinary life lies a terrible history: The merry-go-round stands on the spot where in 1941, 11,000 Jews were rounded up by Nazi occupiers and taken away to be shot. Across the square, the podium of a toppled monument to Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin recalls the decades of oppression that followed the war and the atheist Communist regime that suppressed Jewish religion and culture.

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